D.C. United tied the Chicago Fire in Saturday's match, which earned United a No. 2 seed in the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Fire took a 1-0 lead against D.C. United in the first half when Patrick Nyarko scored a goal in the 16th minute.
But all United needed was a draw to clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the MLS Cup Playoffs, so a goal and solid defense in the second half would give them all the momentum they needed as the regular season ended.
United (17-10-7) went 5-0-2 in its last seven matches to finish with 58 points, just one more than New York and Chicago (17-11-6). New York finished third, ahead of fourth-place Chicago, on a tiebreaker. United has not lost since a 1-0 setback on September 1 against Real Salt Lake.